Penny Arcade Expo doesn’t deliver like Gamescom

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Dragon Age
Explore the stunning world of Thedas while fighting dragons and demons as an Inquisitor.

If the 2013 Gamescom coverage wasn’t enough for you, then have no fear! We’ve got more gaming convention coverage coming your way, effective immediately. While you were relaxing and enjoying the weekend, gamers were flocking to Seattle, Washington to attend the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), one of the largest gaming conventions in North America! So, what did game developers have to show us this time around? Well, they had a lot!

Starting with Dragon Age: Inquisition, Bioware surprised PAX attendants by offering its first details for the open-world RPG fantasy gameplay. The game follows the epic events of the previous two Dragon Age games and takes place in a wartorn Thedas. After a tear opens up to unleash hordes of demons on Earth, it’s up to the Inquisitor (that’s you) to gather all the right political, military, and magical forces necessary to unravel the mystery behind who’s starting mischief. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available on both current and next-gen systems in late 2014.

Okay, we’ve talked about the highly anticipated Xbox exclusive Titanfall before, and the mechwarrior first-person shooter was once again available for hands-on playing at PAX with 6 vs. 6 matches and computer-controlled bots.

The relaunch of the once failed MMO, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, was a hot topic. Producer Naoki Yoshida took to the PAX stage to talk about the unstable server issues. He apologized for the “rocky” launch, and reassured customers that Square Enix is bringing new servers in the upcoming week. Yoshida was also very thankful for and flabbergasted by the amazing response of American fans. The FFXIV presentation concluded with a preview of what’s to come, not the least of which are new patches. In fact, there’s already talks about an expansion. “The plot for the next expansion is already written. Housing and the PvP wolves’ den are ready, as are daily quests and hard dungeons and instance battles, all of which is coming in 2.1. It’s not all hardcore content either,” Yoshida explained. We’re pretty sure that means there’ll be something for everyone, regardless of whether you’re in a clan or a lone wolf.

Now, let’s push aside the games to talk about the consoles. First off, there was some rebranding of the Xbox Live Marketplace, which has now officially changed its name to the “Xbox Games Store.” Microsoft responded to questions about the change by saying, “That’s right, [Xbox Live Marketplace] is now called the Xbox Games Store, and will sit alongside the Xbox Music Store and Xbox Video Store. This is to make it easier for consumers to find content both on Xbox 360 today and Xbox One when it launches in November.” That’s not the only change this system is undergoing, though. On Monday, Microsoft points were converted to cash. Are all these changes even newsworthy? Meh.

As far as Sony, developer Double Fine revealed that it would create a collection of mini games called the Playroom as downloadable content for the PS4. What’s really cool, is it’ll come pre-installed on the system. No details about the content have been released just yet, but expect more once the PlayStation launches in November!

PAX may not be Gamescom, but it certainly had its fair share of highlights to make this year memorable.

Featured image courtesy of Titanfallgame on Twitter. Dragon Age image courtesy of Bioware and EA.